Egypt Press Review: April 1
By MOHAMED ABDEL MEGEED

Youm7 press

Youm7

Defense Minister Sedky Sobhy said Monday that protecting the Egyptian people and national security is the “holy” role of the military forces, during his first meeting with military leaders.

The Illicit Gains Authority heard on Monday the testimony of former President Hosni Mubarak’s chief of staff Zakaria Azmi, who is charged with financial corruption.

Also:

·      Minister of Foreign Affairs left to Brussels to attend the fourth summit of the Africa-European Union.

·      On the first day of petitioning, intensive security procedures around the headquarters of the Supreme Electoral Commission.

·      Massive explosion at petrol station in Minya resulted in 35 injuries.

Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Muslim Brotherhood students protested against security forces at Al-Azhar University. They chanted against army and security forces and set fire to four cars to condemn the killing of two students Sunday. The car of an Al-Azhar University dean was among the torched vehicles.

Also:

·      Defense Minister expressed his condolences to Pope Tawadros II for the death of his mother.

·      350 notaries witnessed growing demands for forms to endorse candidates in the presidential elections in different governorates.

·      Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign criticized an inadequate period for campaigning determined by the Supreme Electoral Commission.

Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

Abdullah Badran, secretary-general of the Nour Party in Alexandria, denied reports saying the party would support former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for president.

Forensic Medicine Authority spokesperson Hisham Abdel Hamid reported that the two students killed Sunday at Al-Azhar University were hit with birdshots from an estimated two meters distance.

Also:

·      Ministry of Education to sign two agreements with the defense and interior ministries to secure schools during upcoming exams.

·      Hamdeen Sabbahi‘s campaign refused the endorsement of Muslim Brotherhood members.

·       Food Control Management of the Health Affairs Directorate seized 52,000 tons of “invalid wheat” coming from Brazil.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

The supreme committee for the doctors’ strike called on doctors to start an administrative strike in all governmental hospitals on April 15.

Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Monday the trial of 20 defendants, including four detained Al-Jazeera reporters, charged with fabricating footage that harms national security, to April 10.

Also:

·       16,000 endorsements for presidential candidates on the first day of petitioning in different notaries.

·       Hamdeen Sabbahi requested a televised debate with Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

·       Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab inaugurated a number of major projects at Wadi Gedid.

Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

A criminal court adjourned the trial of 26 suspects accused of planning “terrorist” attacks against state institutions, and establishing and managing a “terrorist” group, in a case known as the “Nasr City ‘terrorist’ cell” to April 24.

Also:

·       Dozens of postal workers staged a protest in front of the Cabinet demanding changes in management and wages.

·       Misdemeanor Court in Ismailia approved the acquittal of Essam el-Erian and four other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of inciting violence and sabotage.

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